10:00 a.m. ~ Departure to visit Carmim Winery, taste wines, visit vineyards ~ olive production at Reguengos de Monsaraz

1:00 p.m. ~ Lunch in Monsaraz, visit the village and Castle Monsaraz

4:00 p.m. ~ Return to Évora, visit the historical town

8:00 p.m. ~ Dinner

The above schedule is what’s in store for Wine Predator (aka Gwendolyn Alley) and me today with our Enoforum hosts. We’re both pinching ourselves, because this is definitely an opportunity of a life time.

Last night we checked into our hotel M’ar De AR (Aqueduto) It’s worth looking at this link, because it’s impossible for me to talk about this without visuals, and time is so fleeting that processing images is nearly impossible right now. It always takes me a couple of hours to put my own images into a blog posting, and my time here is scheduled brilliantly to maximize my trip. Images will, no doubt, be coming a bit later in entirety. This hotel is within a compound, the kind that we Americans have read about, when Romans came into a land and built a fortress to enclose a community.

The streets are amazingly tiny… so tiny in fact that I’ve come to think of Portugal as the land of tiny cars. SUVs have very little purpose here. The smaller the car, the happier everyone seems to be. It’s a pretty healthy environment, honestly. I’m going to go out and take some pictures of this community, because I really want to share this new (old) world.

Thought of the day for me… What does it mean when you show up to breakfast, and you’re wearing the exact same colors of the decor, and what are the odds? Eggplant, brown, and beige… What are the odds? Off to get at least a couple of images to share.